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Old 04-20-2008, 11:02 AM   #29
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Oh the agony of choice!
Choice? What choice? Go with the AS

The Rod half of Jimandrod used to live on a 42ft tri cabin cruiser. He still says that the happiest 2 days in a boat owner's life are the day they buy it and the day they sell it.

Personally, if I were meant to live on the water I would have been born with gills and fins. Boats are also outrageously expensive to maintain.

However - I still know some people who live aboard one and they LOVE it!
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Old 04-20-2008, 11:58 AM   #30
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We just sold our Grand Banks 36' trawler and bought a 27' Safari Airstream with a Chevy 2500 6.7L diesel.

We're going from Cape Cod to Boseman for the International rally and will cover 3500 miles one-way. in the Chevy/Airstream we will average 12 mpg @ ~$4.50 per gal (I hope) which will cost about $1300. The trip will take 14 days traveling at 40-60 mph for 5-6 hours per day, pretty relaxed.
If I took the Grand Banks on a similar trip, I'd travel at 9-10 knots burning 14 gals of diesel per hour, a total of 4900 gals which would cost $22,000.
Despite the cost of diesel, land travel has a clear advantage.

Further, stopping every night at a campground will cost $10-$40 per night with full facilities most nights. Marinas for the trawler charge $2.50-$3.00 per foot per night for a cost of $90-$108 plus $15 per night for 50 amp electricity.

It will take 14 days by Airstream to get to Bozeman so the budget is ~$500 for campgrounds. By boat the trip would take 60-70 days at the same relaxed pace so the budget would be $7000 for marinas.

Should I tell you about the $20,000 that it cost to replace the fuel tanks on the trawler so that it could pass a marine survey prior to selling? Then there is the 17 quarts of oil for each engine every 200 hours of engine time, to name only one of many maintenance expenses.

Is my math fuzzy? Or did I make a good decision to get out of boating and into an Airstream?
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:02 PM   #31
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It's kind of tough sailing a boat to Wyoming...
Of course, it's tough towing the Airstream to Jamaica.
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Old 04-20-2008, 12:22 PM   #32
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...the happiest 2 days in a boat owner's life are the day they buy it and the day they sell it. ...
I know we're talking about live-aboards, but I was a little worried when we bought a Sunfish, and kind of sad the day I sold it a couple years later.

I think I made a couple hundred on it too. Neat boat. Lots of fun to race.

Maybe again in a couple years... See what kinds of things the kids like by then. BTW, we used to put it on the roof of the Expedition as we towed the SOB. It was a one person job to get it 6+ feet in the air, although I was usually a little sweaty by the time I was done. Not scary at all.
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Old 04-20-2008, 03:00 PM   #33
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We had a 26' SeaRay cruiser. Dock fees, maintenance, expense to operate, hauling, storage, launching and on and on. We traded it in for our Airstream, need I say more. Boating is fun though, we have a 15' boat that satisifies our nautical yearnings.

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Old 04-20-2008, 03:01 PM   #34
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You HAD to bring that up!...
I've also owned both, and have found that:
If an Airstream springs a leak, you put a pan under the leak and patch it when it stops raining.
If a boat springs a leak, it could be either bail or sink.
I'd rather have a leaky Airstream than a leaky boat.
My brother owns a 35’ Mahogany Chris-Craft that I have never seen. I have seen the engines, though. They are in his shop waiting for a rebuild after it sank in its slip 3 or 4 Christmases ago. The interior is a total loss, too.

I have spent several Thanksgiving weekends in his 32’ Excella, though. I know which one he gets more good from.
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Old 04-20-2008, 09:21 PM   #35
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All these responses have really given me alot to think about- thanx to all.
BTW, I have decided on the AS...maybe nautical-theme decor!
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Old 04-21-2008, 12:09 AM   #36
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We joined a sailing club. The AS is in the driveway and all of the boats are in slips from Ventura to San Diego. The driveway is in the process of being paid for along with the house and rest of the stuff on the property and we only pay for the sailboats when we use one of them. As much as I would like to own another boat, this is turning out to be a very good arrangement. We don't worry too much about hurricanes either way.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:40 AM   #37
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Sailboat or Airstream

We have a sailboat an inboard boat and an Airstream.. Our vote is definitely for an Airstream.
By now it looks like you have made your decision.No matter where or how you live. ENJOY your choice or make a change.
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Old 04-21-2008, 08:46 AM   #38
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We're thinking along these lines. Prestige 39' Cat... and keeping the Airstream
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Old 04-21-2008, 09:13 AM   #39
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Responding to your inquiry about the trailer trash concern . . . though I think it was a tongue-in-cheek comment . . . .

Embrace you inner trailer trash! You'll be surprised at the diversity of us trailer trash folk. Sure many of us are poor white trash, but even within that world there is so much to learn and we have so much to offer!

Being trailer trash in an Airstream also has the coolness factor that a boat, as cool as it might be, could never match.

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Old 04-21-2008, 10:23 AM   #40
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BTW, I have decided on the AS...maybe nautical-theme decor!
Here you go! The perfect trailer for you ~

Nautical Themed Airstream

If not for purchase...at least for ideas!

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Old 04-21-2008, 11:17 AM   #41
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The VAC prez! Like that nautical themed airstream.
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Old 04-21-2008, 11:47 AM   #42
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Here you go! The perfect trailer for you ~

Nautical Themed Airstream

If not for purchase...at least for ideas!

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LOL!!! Spoken like a true vintage fan! I love it!

Now... personally... if I could find one done like the Adirondack model, I'd buy it in a heartbeat!
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